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ABSTINENCE (from Lat. abstinere, to a...

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 77 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ABSTINENCE (from Lat. abstinere, to abstain), the fact or habit of refraining from anything, but usually from the indulgence of the appetite and especially from strong drink. " Total abstinence" and "total abstainer" are associated with taking the pledge to abstain from alcoholic liquor (see TEMPERANCE). In the discipline of the Christian Church abstinence is the term for a less severe form of Fasting (q.v.).
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